Sessions & Speakers
Monday, September 16
9:45 AM | WIFM Session: Leadership & Mentorship in the Changing Fleet Environment
Moderator: Caroline Costello
Panelists: Theresa Belding, Jeanine Charlton, Jennifer Costabile, Mary Sticha
Come learn life and career lessons from women who have found their voice and propelled their careers. This WIFM panel will share their experiences and stories about how they became leaders and helped others rise to their potential - answering questions about leadership, mentors, challenges they have faced and how they were able to overcome them. Each panelist has a wealth of knowledge and experience that we can use to learn from and to inspire us in both our personal and professional paths.
1:00 PM | Opening Keynote
Major MJ Hegar is a force to be reckoned with. While piloting her third tour of Afghanistan, she took a bullet to her helicopter’s windshield. Badly injured, and under heavy fire, she flew her team to safety, conducting a near-impossible landing. She received a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, an honor awarded to only one other woman ever: Amelia Earhart. When her injuries barred her from service, she fought a policy that excluded women—a historic victory for female military members. An incredible story—soon to be a major motion picture—Hegar’s bravery inspires audiences to persevere through change, hardship, and any obstacles in their way.
In 2018, Hegar ran for Congress in Texas, and struck a meaningful chord across the nation. Beautifully depicted in her moving and wildly-viral campaign video, “Doors”—which Lin-Manuel Miranda called “the best political ad anyone’s ever seen”—Hegar told her story “about opening, pushing, and sometimes kicking through every door in my way.” In electrifying keynotes, she discusses the importance of teamwork as well as individual advocacy, highlighting the doors that each of us have in our paths—and how to open, push, or kick your way through. Hegar’s bestselling memoir, Shoot Like A Girl, is currently being adapted to a major motion picture.
1:45 PM | Addressing Today's Challenges, Together
Emcees: Ted Roberts & Janice Sutton
Our fellow fleet professionals are some of the best resources for new ideas. Join us for an interactive best practices session where we explore how today’s fleets are tackling sustainability, telematics, and mobility. This new format is designed to provoke discussion and will offer thought prompts about these critical topics. We will break out into small groups to discover learnings and best practices and then regroup to discuss our findings with the larger group. So get ready to share and learn from this can’t miss session!
2:45 PM | Procurement: Building Trust and Leveraging Supplier Relationships
Moderator: Jack Leffler
Panelists: SuYvonne Bell, Michael Homan, Marvin McClain, Lee Miller
Building and maintaining strong relationships with your supply chain is critically important to the success of many fleets. Come hear tips and best practices from a panel of seasoned fleet professionals. We’ll be talking about what works and what roadblocks to avoid when building a trusting relationship with your suppliers; how to communicate, define the expectations of the partnership, and evaluate delivery.
3:45 PM | Only In Fleet
Emcees: Patsy Brownson & Michael Bieger
AFLA has more than 600 members, all with their own stories. This interactive and fun session will give the audience a chance to participate, network and learn together. You can come and listen, or you can throw your name in the hat to be a potential speaker! Storytellers are not selected in advance… anything could happen!
The theme of the stories for the event is “Only in Fleet”. Each storyteller will be strictly limited to 5 minutes. The emcee(s) will pull a name out of the hat, and the show will begin.
The rules: Everyone has a story and we can’t wait to hear yours! When choosing a story to share, keep in mind that AFLA is a forum for true stories, not stand-up comedy, pontification, political diatribes, poetry or fiction. No sales pitches are allowed. Please save those for other venues and bring us your great stories. We also do not allow props or notes, because we want your story to stand on its own.
Bonus Rounds: Between each speaker we’ll read a few “Speed Stories”. All participants will have a slip on their table big enough to share 1-2 sentences about the “Only in Fleet” topic, and we’ll also begin promoting the option to submit them online one month prior to the conference. We’ll have past presidents randomly select some one-liners out share them with the audience.
The End: To conclude the event, audience members will be able to text their votes for the AFLA Storytelling Queen/King of 2019.
Tuesday, September 17
8:30 AM | Partnership is the New Leadership
Ty Bennett is the founder of Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their status quo, cultivate exceptional relationships, and compete in extraordinary ways. He's changing lives- one leader at a time.
Ty's best-selling books - Partnership is the New Leadership, The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication, are used in graduate courses at multiple universities, including MIT, as today's version of How to Win Friends and Influence People. He's one of the youngest speakers ever to receive the CSP Designation from the National Association of Speakers - less than 5% of the world's speakers earn this honor.
10:00 AM | A Global Approach to Fleet Management: Why More Multinational Companies are Adopting the Strategy
Moderator: Mike Antich
Panelists: John Dmochowsky, Dave Durepo, Mace Hartley, Adam Orth, Wayne Rose, Manuel Tamayo
As the fleet industry continues to globalize, AFLA is at the forefront of helping corporate fleet professionals navigate through the change to global fleet management. Join us as we talk about AFLA’s current work within North America, and learn from our partners around the globe as they discuss the similarities and differences in their approach to fleet management based on where fleets are headquartered.
Wednesday, September 18
8:30 AM | Panel: Industry Leaders Unpacking the Complex Transformation of Fleet Management to Mobility Solutions
Moderator: Mary Sticha
Panelists: Brendan Keegan, John Korte, Ahsan Rahim
As the world around us becomes increasingly connected and we continuously explore new technologies, this session will leave you better informed and equipped to move your business into the future. Join us as we ask our panel of subject matter experts key questions to better understand the impact that the Mobility wave is having on the Automotive and Fleet Industry today and in the future.
9:45 AM | Chewing on Life's Big Questions
For nearly a decade, Rainn Wilson endeared himself to millions on the hit American edition of The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute, an eccentric paper salesman whose ego and dreams of being “#2” knew no bounds. As a speaker, Wilson draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing audiences how creativity isn’t simply for artists. It’s for everyone.
In his warm, anecdote-filled talks, Wilson touches on subjects he is well-versed in—like creativity, and of course, office culture. How is a boss supposed to behave, react, and lead? How do you inspire employees with differing levels of talent and ambition? What will stoke their creativity? What will suppress it? Wilson serves as an amiable guide through the corporate struggles, teamwork challenges, human triumphs, and very real “personalities” that define your workplace. Funny, relatable, and illuminating, Wilson’s talks find universal lessons in the specifics of his fascinating, empathy-filled, and often fictional life.